Legal age of the American Drinker.

Essay by torntornUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, September 2005

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Many of the countries around the world have set the legal drinking ages considerably lower then that of America. After careful examination of the effects that alcohol has on American, as apposed to the people that come from countries with a lower drinking age. I have noticed a lot more maturity and respect for the effects that alcohol has on people in the countries with lower drinking ages. In this, I have concluded that the lack of maturity that American express when they are first introduced to alcohol is due to having such a high legal drinking age.

Turning 18 is a major event for all teenagers in America because they are now considered legal adults. Being a legal adult, makes it legally all right buy tobacco products, vote in an election, be tried as an adult, join the military, and even buy pornography. Even though an eighteen year old is considered a legal adult with all of these privileges, 18 to 20 years olds are denied the right to purchase and drink alcohol.

It has not always been this way. In 1984, the Uniform Drinking Age Act was passed. This law did not force all states to switch to the drinking age of 21, but threatened to decrease federal funding to each responsible enough to receive all the privileges that any other adult would receive, including the consumption of alcohol. Now, because of some misleading facts, people think that 18-20 year olds are too irresponsible to drink alcohol, yet this way of thinking is what is causing all the problems that young people have when first introduced to alcohol. This logic does not make sense. There always will be irresponsible people that will abuse alcohol, but no matter what age is set for the minimum drinking...